How Do You Eat? A Key Factor in Optimal Nutrition

Digestion Under Stress I’ve talked a lot in my book and blog about the effects of stress on heart disease risk, sleep and obesity, but I want to focus in this post about the effects of stress on digestion (how well our body breaks down food) and nutrient absorption (how well our body absorbs nutrients from inside the intestine, so it’s delivered to our body’s cells).  Stress may be one of the most important barriers between the nutrients you are

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Free Children’s Health Event on 3/15

Children’s Health Event Sunday 3/15 from 2-5p…Don’t Miss This! Our children are already presenting with significant risk factors for early onset heart disease and chronic health conditions at a strikingly early age.  Abnormal cholesterol, fatty liver, blood glucose abnormalities before the age of 10 are becoming far too common.  To address this, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and I have assembled a powerful team of health professionals and community partners, who will be providing a free 3 hour interactive live seminar

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Introducing our First “Healthy Hero”

Healthy Hero Series It’s time to start sharing some remarkable success stories from individuals who have read the book, follow the blog and/or have seen me in the clinic.  For those of you on the fence about whether you should adopt the SAHS (South Asian Health Solution) lifestyle, I hope hearing from some folks who have found success despite facing similar challenges to you will be inspiring.  Whether you are a sedentary, vegetarian engineer stuck in a cubicle all day

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Prescription Food Series Debut: Introducing “Paleo Naan”

Background Before I talk about the highly anticipated Paleo Naan, let me give you a little background since this is the first post of my new prescription food series.  As a physician, I’ve spent a large part of my career writing prescriptions for drugs.  Unfortunately that was the primary weapon and skill I was equipped with during medical training.  I spent only a few weeks out of four years of medical school learning about nutrition and most of that was

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What Was The Unhealthiest Food I Ate In India?

Background I just returned from a 10 day trip to Kolkata, India to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.  My last trip to Kolkata was 5 years ago and although I’ve written a book focusing on South Asian health, I made a commitment to restrain myself from offering abundant amounts of health advice and feeling guilty about delicacies I was sure to indulge in during the 4 day wedding festivities.  I did well until the end when I just couldn’t tolerate one

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LIFESTYLE SHIFTS FOR THE NEW YEAR

I already discussed in a prior post why I don’t like the word “resolution” which tends to set people up for inevitable failure.  I discussed using the word “habit” instead, but this year I’m talking about “shifts.”   Shifts are simplistic changes and substitutions you can make that require little to no effort or time. My book recommends several shifts to improve nutrition, activity, sleep and stress and I want to highlight a few to get you shifting towards optimal health

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Equating Cancer Risk With Heart Disease Risk and How to Prevent Cancer

Background Insulin resistance and obesity have been linked to conditions like diabetes and heart disease, but too few of us are making the connection with cancer.  In my consult practice I see patients at high risk for heart disease, but it’s important to understand that the same lifestyle risks that raise heart attack risk are responsible for raising cancer risk as well. People have very different emotional reactions to heart disease and cancer.  Heart attacks are usually an abrupt, instantaneous

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A Must Have Food App for Adults and Kids

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at TEDx and the opportunity to lecture to some of the biggest companies in the world on a multitude of health topics, but last week I gave what I felt was the most challenging, yet rewarding lecture of my life.  I spoke to the 5th grade classes for my twin sons, covering carbohydrates, insulin resistance and nutrition.  I prepped hard for this one.  How could I possibly engage a group of 5th graders for

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Solar Power and Vitamin D

Let There Be Sun I’ve talked in great detail about the role of a sedentary lifestyle and a carb-centric diet in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance, but what about the role of sunlight and vitamin D?  One of my interests is trying to uncover why the global burden of insulin resistance weighs so heavily on the shoulders of certain ethnic groups such as South Asians when the whole world is eating unhealthier and is so much more inactive.  Studies have

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Is Full-Fat Dairy Ok?

Background The latest study on dairy fat once again confirms that instead of pointing our finger at the full-fat milk in that cereal bowl, it’s the so-called healthy whole grain cereal or the glass of orange juice on the side we need to shift our focus to as the real culprit behind diabetes and heart disease.  This study actually showed a reduction in diabetes risk in the individuals who consumed more dairy fat.  I have a large number of insulin resistant vegetarian

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